Dr. Daniel Esparza presents a paper at a colloquium on Kant in the 21st Century

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In the framework of the colloquium “Kant in the present tense, a review from the 21st century“, organised by the Goethe Institut, the German embassy in Caracas and the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello of Caracas, Dr. Daniel Esparza presented a paper entitled “Kant in the Planetarium.” This event brought together experts and academics to discuss the relevance of Kantian thought today.

Dr. Esparza’s paper proposed a continuation of the Kantian project of autonomy and emancipation of the individual, suggesting that these principles remain vital in the 21st century. Furthermore, Esparza established an intellectual-genealogical relationship between Immanuel Kant and Walter Benjamin, arguing that Benjamin’s ideas can be seen as an extension and reinterpretation of Kantian work. This connection brings a different perspective to the study of Kantian philosophy, underlining the relevance of both thinkers in today’s context.

The colloquium, which took place at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, was attended by renowned national and international scholars. The main objective was to review and discuss the influence and application of Kant’s ideas in the contemporary world, highlighting their impact on various areas of knowledge and culture.